AIA Billing Index

The AIA released their December Work-on-the Boards report that provides a summary of the Architecctural Billing Index and overall trends in design services offered nationwide.  This report, which can be found here, reports that the overall billing is down from in the Northeast as well as all other major census regions of the country.  It is also reported that this is only the second month in the last 16 that the Index was below 50, and that this does not indicate a trend in the overall direction of the economy.

Tom Bode AIA

AIA Eastern Ohio extends our condolences to the friends and family of Tom Bode AIA.  Tom pased away after being hospitalized in Maryland.   Tom was a long time member of the Eastern Ohio Chapter and served on the Board of Directors in the early and mid 1980's.  As a respected designer, Tom was also known for his extensive knowledge of the code and for work with local building departments.  More information will be provided as the details become available.

Repositioning Update

The AIA Board of Directors at their December meeting elected to continue to move the institute forward by refining the changes in the proposed Board of Directors and the Council.  Through resolutions passed that promote changes in the awards programs and membership, AIA continues to refocus our energies on improving services to membership.  A summary of Board actions will soon be added that will provide an overview of this past weeks actions.

National Advocacy 2014 Call for Issues

As we approach the end of 2013, the AIA Board Advocacy Committee is making a sincere effort to contact as many members as possible to develop an agenda for the coming year that is based not on the concerns of Washington, but rather our members.  In an effort to better understand member needs, we ask that each member participate in our 2014 Call for Issues Survey.

This survey asks for you views on a wide range of topics, and the responses will be used by national staff and the Board Advocacy Committee to establish priorities and endeavor to become more proactive in our advocacy efforts.  This is a great opportunity to become part of AIA's advocacy effort.

Also included in this effort is the Board Advocacy Committee's reviews of three of the Institutes Policy and Position Statements.  We need you input to better understand member views on public policy.  If you would like to review the current Public Policy and Position Statements, they are available on the Advocacy website. 

Thank you for your time and energy in advancing the needs of the profession.

Bruce Sekanick AIA, AIA Ohio Valley Regional Director, National Board Advocacy Committee



Gary Balog FAIA, Awarded AIA Ohio Gold Medal

AIA Eastern Ohio member Gary Balog FAIA was selected by the AIA Ohio Board of Directors at their July meeting to receive the Societies Gold Medal Award. The Gold Medal is the highest award given to an individual by the Board.  Gary was selected from a number of qualified individuals based on his significant contributions to the profession through design, service and participation within the AIA.  Gary is a former AIA Ohio President and is a principal at Balog Steines Hendricks & Manchester Architects, inc of Youngstown and Columbus.  The chapter congratulates Gary on his selection. AIA Eastern Ohio will help celebrate Gary's selection at the AIA Ohio Valley Regional Convention in Louisville, KY where he will be officially recognized by AIA Ohio at an awards program at the Mohammed Ali Center. Members can help support Gary's selection by attending this years conference.  The officers, board and members of the chapter congratulate Gary him on this achievement. 

You can find out more about Gary and his achievements at the BSHM website.

AIA Responds to Federal Shut-Down

The American Institute of Architects President Mickey Jacob FAIA, released a statement on behalf of the membership of the AIA encouraging Congress to put aside differences and work together to avoid hurting the fragile economy.  In his statement, Jacob urged members to remain politically engaged.  Citing the potential affects of the shut-down, the AIA released the Federal Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know statement on the AIA Federal Advocacy website to help address members concerns.  

Additional information can be found on the AIA Ohio Website or on the Federal Advocacy site of aia.org

AIA National Resolves to Restructure Governance

During a meeting of the AIA National Board of Directors held this week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Board of the AIA voted for significant changes to the board size and board structure.  The board meeting, which took place September 19th - 21st, focused on issues of board governance, member services, and the ability of the AIA to becoming a more nimble and flexible organization with a governance structure that reflects those needs.

Read more: AIA National Resolves to Restructure Governance

AIA EOC Promotes Architecture in Schools

AIA Eastern Ohio continues to work with Youngstown State University, The Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Youngstown City Schools, Faniro Architects and others in the development and funding of programs that assist in the education of children within the Youngstown City Schools.  This year, a coloring book was developed as part of the program to provide a basic understanding of architectural elements along with an understanding of the buildings within our community.  The book is being provided to elementary school students within Youngstown City Schools

Click on the graphic above or HERE to view the entire coloring book.

AIA Ohio Valley Regional Convention

Registration is now Open!

The Ohio Valley Region Convention will be held in Louisville, KY September 19-21, 2013 and will provide members with an excellent opportunity to meet-up with old friends, network, and obtain education credits on a wide variety of subjects.  The convention committee has developed an outstanding program for this year and we encourage all members to attend and take advantage of this great opportunity.  For more information, visit the convention page on the AIA Ohio website.  Visit Experience Louisville to learn more about the convention and Louisville.

To register for the convention, click here.

To make hotel reservations, please contact the Marriott Hotel, Louisville, 280 West Jefferson St., Louisville, KY.

Read more: AIA Ohio Valley Regional Convention

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